Man receives two life terms

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No amount of prison time given to Paul F. Blevins could atone for what he did to veteran educator Danny L. Jones, but his actions still deserved the maximum amount possible, a prosecutor said Friday.

Paul F. Blevins: Man beat Danny L. Jones to death, left his body in the yard and set his house on fire in 2007.  Special
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Paul F. Blevins: Man beat Danny L. Jones to death, left his body in the yard and set his house on fire in 2007.

Judge Michael N. Annis agreed, sentencing Mr. Blevins to two life terms plus 23 years at the conclusion of a five-day trial in Richmond County Superior Court.

Throughout the trial, the near eight-hour wait for a verdict and tearful pleas from the victim's sisters for a maximum sentence, Mr. Blevins, 57, remained impassive.

"This man is a monster and a menace to society," said Mr. Jones' sister Caroline Cone.

On April 5, 2007, Mr. Blevins used a steel pipe and a section of a two-by-four to beat the 62-year-old man to death.

Mr. Blevins left Mr. Jones' bloodied and battered body in the front yard and stole several items, including the watch off the victim's wrist. He also set Mr. Jones' Tobacco Road home on fire.

Speaking to Mr. Blevins, the judge asked him what kind of person could stand over a man lying face down on the ground and continue to pound his head 12 or 14 times.

"What kind of person would do that?" Judge Annis asked.

According to trial testimony, Mr. Jones had once hired Mr. Blevins or his son to help him for a time with his birds.

The day of his death, Ms. Cone knew something was wrong. They ate dinner together nearly every night and her brother was late. She called their sister Sara Williamson when she couldn't reach him by phone.

Ms. Williamson was only minutes away from Mr. Jones' home and volunteered to go by. As she topped the hill on Tobacco Road near her brother's home, she saw the emergency lights flashing.

An investigator told her that her brother was dead.

"My brother was a good, kind and gentle man," Ms. Williamson said in court Friday.

Mr. Jones spent more than 30 years in education as the headmaster of Edmund Burke Academy and as a teacher at Hephzibah High School. He was dedicated to his profession and refused to give up on any child, Ms. Williamson said.

And he loved his birds -- anything with feathers, Ms. Cone said.

Mr. Jones started raising show chickens when he was a boy. He judged shows for several years before his death. He had about 3,000 birds when he was murdered.

Under Georgia law, Mr. Blevins cannot be paroled any earlier than 30 years.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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Ole School
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Ole School 02/07/09 - 05:57 am
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Caroline ! its OVER ! now

Caroline ! its OVER ! now take a deep breath for its in God`s hands now ! we love you and sarah ! now SMILE

Roadkill
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Roadkill 02/07/09 - 07:26 am
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I am just glad Overstreet

I am just glad Overstreet wasn't the judge

karmakills123
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karmakills123 02/07/09 - 08:24 am
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AMEN TO THAT.....roadkill!

AMEN TO THAT.....roadkill!

hgriner
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hgriner 02/07/09 - 09:45 am
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Two life terms pluse 23 years

Two life terms pluse 23 years was not enough for what he did the courts should have hung this beast. Gene Griner

i.b.e.w..electric
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i.b.e.w..electric 02/07/09 - 10:44 am
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as the assistant principle at

as the assistant principle at heph high danny jones molded many a young life ,including my own.in his eyes there was no such thing as a looser child.i may not be a rich man but im abetter man because of two people ,my father and danny jones

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Painter 02/07/09 - 12:38 pm
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What ever happened to

What ever happened to corporal punishment?

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EDWARDBLEVINS 02/07/09 - 05:52 pm
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the teacher that was teaching

the teacher that was teaching your kids way gay. do you belive in god? did god not destroy a whole city because of them being gay? and do you still call him god? noone has any idea if it was done in self defence or not. i dont think anyone should be saying all this mean and hateful stuff about him when you dont know the whole facts. was you there? i think this was a unfair trail because your so called judge was not to make any remarks to the defendant that might persaude the jury, but yet they made the comment "what kind of person could do that". im not sayng he souldnt pay for what he has done im just saying that i dont think everyone needs to be downing him without knowing the whole story and not just part of it. any comments can be made to me edward blevins yes i am his brother. my email address is debbieblevins@netzero.net

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SargentMidTown 02/08/09 - 02:08 am
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IEDWARDBLEVINS ....You are

IEDWARDBLEVINS ....You are grabbing for straws. Your brother was an old drunk who went off the deep end. Now you better keep your nose clean or you might end up like your brother. IN fact judging from what you have written above your writing looks like it came from someone half lit. AA meets all over town. Get help.

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